Normal Heart Rate for Children

Normal pulse of adults is 50-100 beats per minute, but children have higher heart beats. Learning the normal range of each age group help parents to learn about your kids’ status.

A child’s resting pulse rate for his age is measured when he is at rest and not crying, running, or playing. The below shows the normal range of pulse for newborn, infants, crawlers & toddlers, kids and teenagers.

  • 0 to 3 months: 143 beats/min (ranging from 107 to 181 beats/min)
  • 3 to 6 months: 140 beats/min (104 to 175 beats/min)
  • 6 to 9 months: 134 beats/min (98 to 168 beats/min)
  • 9 to 12 months: 128 beats/min (93 to 161 beats/min)
  • 12 to 18 months: 116 beats/min (88 to 156 beats/min)
  • 18 months to 24 months: 116 beats/min (82 to 149 beats/min)
  • 2 to 3 years: 110 beats/min (76 to 142 beats/min)
  • 3 to 4 years:  104 beats/min (70 to 136 beats/min)
  • 4 to 6 years: 98 beats/min (65 to 131 beats/min)
  • 6 to 8 years: 91 beats/min (59 to 123 beats/min)
  • 8 to 12 years: 84 beats/min (52 to 115 beats/min)
  • 12 to 15 years: 78 beats/min (47 to 108 beats/min)
  • 15 to 18 years: 73 beats/min (43 to 104 beats/min)

As you can see, younger kids normally have faster heart rates than teenagers. On the other hand, very athletic teens can have resting pulse rates as low as 40-50 beats/min. This is because they are so fit, their muscle does not have to work or pump as hard to get blood through the body.

The above chart is a simply a guide. If you feel your child has abnormal, higher or lower heart rate, please contact your pediatrician.

Abnormal heart rate & emergency

 

In some forms of tachycardia, like supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), the heart rate might get over 220 beats/min. In bradycardia the heart rate might have a heart rate less than 50 beats/min.

  • A very fast or low heart rate at rest, especially coming all of a sudden, can be a medical emergency. Your kids may show symptoms like fainting, dizziness, or extreme irritability. With or without these symptoms, a very fast or low heart rate needs attention.
  • If your child’s heart rate is always at/above the upper limits or at/under the lower limit, it’s important for you to talk to your pediatrician.
  • If the pulse is irregular frequently, you should call your pediatrician.

All the above indicates underlying heart problem.

 

 

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.